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An Introduction to the Solar System By Neil McBride

An Introduction to the Solar System

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Designed for elementary university courses in planetary science, this textbook starts with a tour of the Solar System and an overview of its formation. The terrestrial planets, giant planets and minor bodies are reviewed in detail and the book concludes with a discussion of the origin of the Solar System.
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An Introduction to the Solar System by Neil McBride

Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for introductory university courses in planetary science. It starts with a tour of the Solar System and an overview of its formation. The composition, internal structure, surface morphology and atmospheres of the terrestrial planets are then described. This leads naturally to a discussion of the giant planets and why they are compositionally different. Minor bodies are reviewed and the book concludes with a discussion of the origin of the Solar System and the evidence from meteorites. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, and illustrated in colour throughout, this book is suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur enthusiasts as well as undergraduate students. It contains numerous helpful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. The book is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials.

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An Introduction to the Solar System Reviews


'An Introduction to the Solar System is clearly written, accurate, up-to-date, well-produced and a pleasure to read. It is a first rate production by a team of professionals, clearly designed for teaching and up to the high standards of The Open University. The many questions that are posed throughout the text (with answers at the back) make it an ideal teaching text. As a beginning text at an undergraduate or advanced high school level, it is hard to fault this book and I suspect that it will be widely used in introductory courses.' Professor S. Ross Taylor, The Australian National University
'An Introduction to the Solar System stands out from the majority of introductory textbooks in this area due to its excellent coverage of the geological and geophysical aspects of planetary science. The glossary of terms provided in the back of the book will prove extremely helpful to students, as will the many questions and exercises interspersed throughout the text.' Professor Imke De Pater, University of California, Berkeley
'Of all the planetary-science textbooks on my shelf, this is my new favorite. It is up to date, lavishly illustrated, and engagingly written at a level that would challenge but not overwhelm the typical undergraduate ... excellent value.' Science Direct
'... it is clearly written and a joy to turn over each page ... This book covers such a wide range of information that there is bound to be something for anyone who has ever had an interest in what is beyond our planet ... It represents, to my mind, excellent value for money with so much knowledge available for each penny spent!.' Open University Geological Survey
"An Introduction to the Solar System is clearly written, accurate, up-to-date, well-produced and a pleasure to read. It is a first-rate production by a team of professionals, clearly designed for teaching and up to the high standards of The Open University. The many questions that are posed throughout the text (with answers at the back) make it an ideal teaching text. As a beginning text at an undergraduate or advanced high school level, it is hard to fault this book and I suspect that it will be widely used in introductory courses." Professor S. Ross Taylor, The Australian National University
"...In all respects this is an outstanding book." The Leading Edge, William R. Green, North Vancouver, Canada

Table of Contents


Introduction; 1. A tour of the Solar System; 2. The internal structure of the terrestrial planets; 3. Planetary volcanism - Ultima Thule?; 4. Planetary surface processes; 5. Atmospheres of terrestrial planets; 6. The giant planets; 7. Minor bodies of the Solar System; 8. The origin of the Solar System; 9. Meteorites: a record of formation; Answers and comments; Appendix A. Useful planetary data; Appendix B. Selected physical constants and unit conversions; Appendix C. The elements; Glossary; Acknowledgements; Index.

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GOR001792143
An Introduction to the Solar System by Neil McBride
Neil McBride
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2004-02-26
418
0521546206
9780521546201
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